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Which Processor Should I Get?
« on: October 03, 2010, 01:29:10 PM »
I'm in the midst of making a decision on a desktop computer. I'm looking at two different processors and need help making a decision.

1. Intel® Core™ i3-540 processor(4MB Cache, 3.06GHz)
2. Intel® Core™ i5-750 processor(8MB Cache, 2.66GHz)

The i5 is $100 more than the i3, and all the other specs are exactly the same. I would be using the computer for regular, everyday use plus a little Photoshop, video editing etc.
Any suggestions?

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Re: Which Processor Should I Get?
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2010, 02:39:58 PM »
The i5 is definitely better, I don't remember how offhand but there are advantages...

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Re: Which Processor Should I Get?
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2010, 02:54:06 PM »
The i5 is definitely better, I don't remember how offhand but there are advantages...
I know that it's better. The question is, is it worth paying $100 extra for it?

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Re: Which Processor Should I Get?
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2010, 04:26:28 PM »
If you're using it for basic Photoshop and video editing (in addition to the regular things),
 all you need is the i3. The i5 is faster and meant for heavier program usage. Although depending on your future plans (if your planning on having this one for a while) and you don't know how to load a new processor in by yourself, it might be wiser to invest in the better one now.
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Re: Which Processor Should I Get?
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2010, 06:30:32 PM »
Aside from your usage and needs, it depends on how much money you're putting into this and how long you expect it to last for. If you're buying a higher-end machine, I'd definitely recommend the i5

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Re: Which Processor Should I Get?
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2010, 12:19:41 PM »
The i5 will probably give you better performance, but if you don't need it you'll probably have slightly better battery life with the i3.

Edit: Here's an official comparison chart, but it's full of tech specs and won't tell you much unless you're a techie.
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Re: Which Processor Should I Get?
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2013, 10:31:18 AM »
Sorry for this n00b question, what the difference between i3 and i5 processor, and what is the difference between how wany GHz it has? Is a i5 with less GHz better than a i3 with more GHz? Thank you

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Re: Which Processor Should I Get?
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2013, 12:22:10 PM »
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Re: Which Processor Should I Get?
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2020, 11:35:37 AM »
I came here to ask this question and thankfully I searched, because this thread is precisely what I wanted to ask.

My friend is looking for a basic laptop, primarily for typing. He doesn't need anything fancy but he does not want it freezing or going slow. Is there any reason to get an i5, or will an i3 be sufficient to avoid freezing and slowness?

(Again, it's primarily for typing.)


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Re: Which Processor Should I Get?
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2020, 11:37:22 AM »
Ask your friend what secondary use he'll be using it for, you'll be surprised many times 'oh I also want it for adobe InDesign......'

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Re: Which Processor Should I Get?
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2020, 11:39:10 AM »
Ask your friend what secondary use he'll be using it for, you'll be surprised many times 'oh I also want it for adobe InDesign......'
He's a teacher. I think it's actually safe to say that he's only going to use it for typing. He definitely won't spend an extra $100 to get a better processor if it won't make a difference to typing abilities.
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Re: Which Processor Should I Get?
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2020, 12:42:06 PM »
He's a teacher. I think it's actually safe to say that he's only going to use it for typing. He definitely won't spend an extra $100 to get a better processor if it won't make a difference to typing abilities.
Only typing?!
The only times I've seen a person use a laptop ONLY for typing, was when it was too slow to do anything else.
Does he plan on using a browser? They are becoming bigger and bigger memory hogs.
And, unless you go deep into disabling startup bloatware programs (more than just disabling then in task manager), those things will add to "just for typing".
Most people I know kicked themselves for not getter a better computer. Not vice versa.

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Re: Which Processor Should I Get?
« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2020, 12:52:09 PM »
Let me rephrase the question. Will an i3 freeze with light use?
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Re: Which Processor Should I Get?
« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2020, 01:08:41 PM »
With dagish Davka 40k fonts? Maybe, word basic Hebrew no even your cell is capable of doing that

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Re: Which Processor Should I Get?
« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2020, 01:09:41 PM »
With dagish Davka 40k fonts? Maybe, word basic Hebrew no even your cell is capable of doing that
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